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Friday, January 26, 2018

Antarctica!

Over the holidays, I went on a 2-week cruise to Antarctica with my family. This was a bit difficult to shoehorn into my schedule but you don't turn down a trip like this so we made it work. Unlike previous cruises, this was a VERY SMALL cruise ship with roughly 120 passengers. We were tripling with my sister, so I already spend a lot of time in libraries on ships, but I spent even more in this one. Unlike other cruise ships, this library did not have lots of books that sparked my interest. But that was for a couple of reasons. First, I had 37 books for work downloaded on my iPad. Second, the books in the library were ALL about Antarctica, the Arctic, Alaska, Greenland, and Iceland. And only about 1/4 of them were even in English (Their cold-climate library in multiple languages was impressive.) Oddly, they didn't have the one Antarctic book I read before I got there, Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration by David Roberts. I also might have picked up Endurance, but I didn't see it. And I certainly didn't see the novel I was reading, South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby. My father picked up a book set on Antarctica that he enjoyed, and there were great photography books and books about penguins and other biology and geology topics. Mostly, though, I listened to audiobooks. I found the rocking and rolling, particularly through the Drake Passage, were too much for reading. And then, towards the end of the trip, I panicked, and decided to do something I have never done before. I had read 2 books. I could have read one more. Instead I read the first 10 pages of 35 books. It did help eliminate a couple right out of the gate that are Not For Me. And I certainly easily identified ones I want to get back to if I can. I'm not sure if this will help me to sell these 35 books, but the next 5 weeks will tell.

Meanwhile, here are a bunch of pictures! In the one of my whole family, you will see that 4 of us (not me) are wearing hats with a badge on the front--they were all visiting their 7th continent! (I am on 5.)










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